Where we chose to stay was a nearly private level of the house with a private room and bathroom and shared kitchen/living area. The rules were mostly common sense. Be respectful, clean up after yourself, don’t smoke and one unique rule to our location….don’t let the kitten outside.
Now our hosts provided what I think is a pretty cool perk. In the living area was a large artistic presentation of the city of Portland that included notable shopping/walking districts and information on the best places to eat.
One thing to know about payment is that it must be in full at the time of booking. Airbnb then holds on to the money and pays the host once the stay is complete. So basically they can make a bit of interest on our money since we paid over 4 months ago.
We did also notice that our hosts had a permit displayed from the City of Portland that they are approved to provide lodging accommodation for travelers.
Also, your reservation is NOT confirmed until the hosts review and approve your request for stay. Our hosts reached out to us via email to learn a little more about who we are and why we were traveling to Portland. They DO have the right to say no which actually makes me feel a bit more comfortable about the whole process. It does seem like it would be hard for sketchy hosts and sketchy travelers to get “into the system.”
And if you are interested in trying out an Airbnb stay, please use this link. It is our referral link and will get you $25 off your first stay and also credits us for referring the website. And specifically if you are heading to Portland, I highly recommend requesting a stay at the Urban Treehouse with Brad and Becca. They have a beautiful space and we had a great experience with them and their furry cohabitants :)
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